Carrie Underwood Takes Home Top Award; Performs with NeedtoBreathe at CMT Awards

MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE - JUNE 09: In this image released on June 9th 2021, Carrie Underwood performs onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)

The CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (June 9) saw country music fans from around the globe vote for their favorite artists, songs and music videos—this year, fans felt like making history.

The top award of the night was Video of the Year, which went to Carrie Underwood and John Legend for their collaboration, “Hallelujah,” from Underwood’s 2020 holiday album, My Gift. The win extends Underwood’s reign as the most decorated artist in CMT history and marks the first time that soul and R&B icon, Legend, can scratch “Win country music award” off his bucket list. 

“THANK YOU SO MUCH!” Legend said via a Tweet Wednesday night. 

For her part, Underwood was one of the brightest stars of the night. Accepting the Video of the Year award, she thanked Legend for sending her the song and “agreeing to sing on it.” She then concluded by letting a bit of her true excitement show: “Thank you fans!” she exclaimed before walking off stage.

Earlier in the evening, Underwood got some time in the spotlight for another duet she’s done recently: “I Wanna Remember,” with NEEDTOBREATHE. Playing the song live, Underwood’s powerhouse vocals blended with Bear Rinehart’s warm rasp effortlessly, delivering a goosebump-inducing performance. 

With 23 wins under her belt, Underwood has established her place in the annals of country music legends. Whether she’s singing with friends like NEEDTOBREATHE or genre-hopping juggernauts like Legend, her vision, her talent and her exceptional presence continue to touch the hearts of millions. 


At this year’s CMT Awards, Carrie Underwood and John Legend took home the big award for Video of the Year. Watch Underwood’s performance with NEEDTOBREATHE below:

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

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